3 Dec
2019

Minor girl gang-raped in Manipur

first_imgA 14-year-old girl was gang-raped allegedly by four youths in the Thanga islet of the Loktak lake on Tuesday, police in Bishnupur district said. A manhunt has been launched for the rapists.During preliminary investigation, the girl said a youth had asked her to visit a spot to talk about the photographs he had taken of her from atop a hill. He had threatened to post the photos on social media.When she visited the spot, the youth along with his three friends whisked her away in a van. She was taken to a secluded place where she was raped and left unconscious. That night she took shelter in a house nearby and later filed a police complaint.Talking about action taken against sexual offenders, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that after establishing a fast-track court to deal with crimes against women, 11 convicts had been sentenced to long prison terms. In one case, the rapist had been sentenced to life, while his accomplices had been awarded 20-year jail term.last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

James Harden scores 40 in Rockets’ comeback win over Magic

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Eric Gordon made a 3 for Houston’s first points in almost four minutes after that, starting an 11-4 run that cut the lead to 80-72 with about a minute left in the quarter.Aaron Gordon added a basket for Orlando and Paul hit one for Houston to leave the Magic up by eight entering the fourth.TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic had 19 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. … Fournier added 18 points. … Orlando shot 10 of 35 on 3-pointers.Rockets: Faried has scored 10 points or more in each of his four games with the team. … D’Antoni said before the game Brandon Knight was available after missing the previous seven games with a sore left knee, but he did not play.LIKE MIKEHarden has scored 40 or more points 18 times this season to make him the first player since Michael Jordan (22) in 1986-87 to have at least 18 40-point games within the first 46 games of a season.UP NEXTMagic: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Houston trailed by as many as 16 and never led until there were about four minutes remaining. The game was tied with about 75 seconds left when a 3-pointer by Harden put the Rockets up 98-95.“I thought I could go under and kind of keep him on the side and of course he made it,” Evan Fournier said of his defense on the play. “It was a dumb mistake.”Terrence Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Harden added a step-back jumper with 30 seconds left to stretch the lead.Harden got his third block when he swatted away a shot by Fournier, and Chris Paul added two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining to secure Houston’s third straight victory. Paul had 12 points and six assists after missing the previous 17 games with a strained left hamstring.The Rockets went 12-5 in Paul’s absence and he said his return doesn’t change much for Harden.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I just told James they voted him in the wrong place. They got him as a guard in the All-Star (Game) — he should be a center,” D’Antoni said with a chuckle. “That’s what he is. He’s a point-center and his defense in the post and right behind him is Eric Gordon … is really good.”Harden didn’t answer when asked what he thought about D’Antoni calling him a “point-center” but he did smile and he was still laughing as he walked off following the question.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHarden’s 40 points included five critical ones down the stretch to lead the Rockets to a 103-98 victory.The reigning MVP extended his streak of 30-point games to 23, which ranks fourth in NBA history behind three such streaks by Wilt Chamberlain. Harden, who had 11 rebounds and six assists, has scored 40 or more points in 12 of his last 17 games, including a franchise-record 61 against the Knicks last week. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, other things we learned at Australian Open View comments Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden had another huge offensive game Sunday night, scoring 40 points in Houston’s comeback win over the Orlando Magic.But it was the point guard’s defense that coach Mike D’Antoni raved about after Harden blocked three shots and helped limit Orlando 7-footer Nikola Vucevic to just two points in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT “James is going to be James,” Paul said. “I don’t care who’s on the court — me, anybody — he’s going to be him. We need him to be him. That’s why he’s the MVP.”Harden was glad to have Paul back.“He looked good. He looked like he had an extra pep in his step,” Harden said. “He looked great and he made some big-time shots. It was good to see him back on the court.”Aaron Gordon had 23 points to lead the Magic, who have dropped six of seven.The Rockets got another strong game from Kenneth Faried, signed last week to fill in while Clint Capela recovers from thumb surgery. Faried finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.Harden scored 38 points in a 116-109 loss to the Magic this month despite going 1 for 17 from 3-point range. He fared better on Sunday, making four of 12 attempts on a night when Houston hit 12 of 36 tries.Orlando had an eight-point lead before Houston used an 11-3 spurt to tie it at 87 with seven minutes left. Paul drained two 3-pointers during that stretch and Gerald Green added a third.Ross made a 3 for Orlando to power a 5-2 mini-run that put the Magic back on top 92-89 with five minutes left.But then Houston scored the next four points, capped by a layup from P.J. Tucker, to make it 93-92 and give the Rockets their first lead of the game about a minute later.The Magic led by seven at halftime and had pushed it to 76-61 midway through the third quarter after scoring nine straight points, five by Aaron Gordon. 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17 Nov
2019

India thrash New Zealand 4-2 in hockey Test series opener

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team pulled off a sensational 4-2 win over New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Campus today.Rupinder Pal Singh (2′, 34′), Mandeep Singh (15′) and Harmanpreet Singh (38′) scored for India while Stephen Jenness (26′, 55′) scored a brace for the visitors.The forwards won India their first Penalty Corner of the match in the opening minute. Rupinder Pal, making a comeback into the squad after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was splendid as he fired the ball low to beat New Zealand Goalkeeper Richard Joyce in the second minute.Though the visitors had an opportunity to equalise in the seventh minute, Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was attentive at the goalpost.In the 15th minute, India doubled their lead when Manpreet Singh’s cross was brilliantly picked up by forward Mandeep Singh, who swiftly deflected it into goal.The second quarter saw New Zealand shake off the starting jitters and showed a tighter defence. Though India won the second PC of the match in the 22nd minute, a poor execution dented the home team’s chance of taking the score to 3-0.In the 26th minute, New Zealand finally made a breakthrough with Stephen Jenness scoring a perfect field goal that narrowed the lead to 1-2.After the half time break, India came back with a stronger attack. Forward SV Sunil, created India’s third PC and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh was brilliant yet again as he flicked towards top right of the net taking India’s lead to a comfortable 3-1 in the 34th minute.advertisementIn the 38th minute, SV Sunil created yet another opportunity for India to score as he won another PC. Harmanpreet Singh was spot-on as he improvised the injection to powerfully convert India’s fourth goal.The final quarter saw New Zealand test Indian defenders as they made strong forays into the striking circle. Their efforts paid off with Stephen Jenness converting his second goal of the match as his shot bounced off Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera’s pad into the back of the net.With score-line reading 4-2, New Zealand won a crucial PC with four minutes remaining on the clock. But Nic Woods’ drag-flick was way off the target. The visitors earned yet another PC with a little over a minute remaining for the final hooter. And this time, Woods’ powerful flick was well defended by Karkera. New Zealand won two more back-to-back PCs with 50 seconds on the clock but Karkera kept the visitors at bay.The second Test will be played on Saturday.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

England’s spin trio leave Sri Lanka reeling as Foakes continues to impress

first_imgSri Lanka cricket team England in Sri Lanka 2018 England cricket team Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter Read more Reuse this content Pinterest Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Cricket Share on LinkedIn Read more Support The Guardian ‘I was planning a winter off,’ says Foakes after rescuing England in Sri Lanka Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The increasingly familiar sight of Foakes dominated the first session. He began it on 87 and no one quarrelled that he deserved his century after his first day efforts but would he get there? He cover drove his first ball for four but then Leach was dismissed, caught at slip against the off-spinner, Dilruwan Perera. As Jimmy Anderson emerged Foakes was in danger of being stranded on 95 yet he coped with this little challenge as smoothly as he has done everything else in this match. First he whipped a delivery from Suranga Lakmal to the leg-side boundary, then he punched an exquisite back-foot drive past the bowler. Forget that this was his debut, he had become the first English wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Asia. His solitary blemish after two days of Test cricket was a merry mis-hit, which saw him caught at cover for 107.Two balls later Foakes was back in the action. A regulation nick from Dimuth Karunaratne against Anderson and he had his first victim. No England keeper has had a shorter wait. Foakes has laid down a highly visible marker very quickly. When lunch came there was Jonny Bairstow on the outfield with the keeping coach, Bruce French, taking some catches with his gloves on. Suddenly one wondered whether this practice now had any relevance.By lunch Sri Lanka had lost four wickets. Sam Curran in his solitary spell in the innings removed Kaushal Silva with the standard, yet often dangerous delivery that swings into the pads. Next Leach, minded to bowl to a conservative field as planned, dismissed Kusal Mendis with a classic delivery that was edged to slip. Then Moeen was the beneficiary of a wayward sweep shot in his first over as Dhananjaya de Silva was bowled around his legs. Topics England’s cricketers have not enjoyed such a satisfying day in Asia since the 2012 tour of India. On the first day in Galle their batting was skittish at the start and doubts prevailed whether they had taken proper advantage of winning the toss, but now on the most sun-kissed afternoon of the tour they conjured a first innings lead of 139 by bowling Sri Lanka out for 203.This should allow them to control the game (despite England’s ascendancy only a greenhorn would opt for the future tense here). By the close their lead had been extended by another 38 runs to 177.Even better, eight of the 10 Sri Lanka wickets fell to the trio of English spin bowlers, who all responded eagerly to their puppeteer, Joe Root. Moeen Ali (four for 66), Adil Rashid (two for 30) and Jack Leach (two for 41) are not yet versions of Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna, the India dream trio of the 70s but they performed well enough and everything fell into place against a Sri Lanka side off the pace in their favourite back yard in Galle, where England have never won a Test match.Only Angelo Mathews could post a half-century as England whittled away with a purpose. The bowling was steady, the out-cricket truly outstanding. In the field they were sharp and flawless while Ben Foakes behind the stumps was as polished with the gloves as he had been with the bat. Share via Email match reports Moeen Ali took four Sri Lankan wickets on a day when England’s slow bowlers came to the fore. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover Share on Messenger Eventually it was Rashid, the least employed of the spinning triumvirate, who broke the partnership with a beguiling leg-break. Chandimal had been restricted by a groin injury; even so he advanced down the track to a beautifully flighted delivery, which spun away. With Chandimal stranded Foakes inevitably did the necessary, an early stumping to add to his catch.When Mathews fell to the first ball after tea, caught at forward short-leg off Moeen, the innings was in some disarray. Niroshan Dickwella countered briefly but was deftly caught at cover by Jos Buttler, whose presence in the ring raised the standard of England’s fielding. Immediately Akila Dananjaya fell to the hot combination of Foakes and Moeen and the end was nigh. England gave the last man, Rangana Herath, a guard of honour, and the little old man batted pluckily thereafter. But he was bowling again before the day was out.England had 12 overs to bat and they negotiated them with some assurance. Keaton Jennings was the dominant partner, eager to replicate the positive approach of his first innings. But Rory Burns’ contribution was equally impressive. He had received a painful blow to the top of his back when fielding at bat-pad as tea approached. He fell to the ground and stayed there for a while and did not reappear for some time after the break. This was the solitary blip of the day for England, overcome without any fuss. Share on Pinterest The only resistance came in the afternoon session when the two most experienced Sri Lankans, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, captains past and present, joined forces. England bided their time with deep-set fields for the spinners, preying on the patience of players who knew their side were already in a substantial hole. They took their singles but their boundary count was restricted.last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Hope fading for recovery of northern cod This stock isnt growing

first_imgHALIFAX – Hopes have been dashed for a recovery of the once mighty northern cod stock off Newfoundland, a leading conservation group says.Three years after scientists confirmed there were signs of a comeback and catch limits were increased, the federal government decided this week to reduce the limit.Ottawa cited a spring stock assessment that found the cod population had declined 30 per cent after seven years of rebuilding.However, Oceana Canada says the 9,600-tonne catch limit announced Tuesday — a 25-per-cent reduction when compared with last year — is still too high.“There were some fragile signs of recovery,” said Robert Rangeley, a marine biologist and science director for Oceana Canada. “All those hopes were dashed in the assessment this spring.”Northern cod were once the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 400-year-old fishing industry. But the population collapsed in the early 1990s because of overfishing, mismanagement and changing environmental conditions.A fishing moratorium imposed in 1992, which was eventually extended to other groundfish stocks, wiped out more than 30,000 jobs.It was the largest mass layoff in Canadian history.Within a year, the entire $700-million enterprise — and way of life — was gone.But there were initial signs of recovery in 2012, and by 2015 the catch limits started to increase — that year’s limit was 4,400 tonnes, less than half of what it is now.Rangeley said the biomass of the northern cod population is now estimated at around the same levels as in 1992.“The projections for next year are no better (because) this stock isn’t growing,” Rangeley said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s well under the critical zone … It’s pretty scary.”The province’s largest fishermen’s union is arguing that the new catch limit amounts to a “dramatic reduction” that will hurt coastal communities that rely on the fishery as a key source of income.Keith Sullivan, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union, said the March stock assessment had concluded the fishery was having no impact on the trajectory of the stock.“This decision (to reduce the catch limit) ignores socio-economic considerations for hundreds of communities in our province and the thousands of people who rely on coastal resources,” he said in a statement late Tuesday. “Without it, outmigration will continue and rural life will be a thing of the past, with no industry to support it.”The union said the latest research indicates the population decline can be mainly attributed to natural mortality and not fishing pressure.Rangeley said he was aware that coastal communities are heavily reliant on the fishery, but he insisted that tougher measures were needed.“What will they be relying on when there’s no fish?” he said. “I understand those communities want to catch more cod, but they would catch a lot more if that stock were allowed to rebuild.”The federal approach ignores scientific advice to reduce fishing pressure to the lowest possible level, he said. As well, the advocacy group said there should be no recreational cod fishing until the federal government is able to monitor catch levels in that fishery.Federal officials announced Tuesday that the recreational groundfish fishery, which opens June 30, will include 39 fishing days — a reduction from the 46 days allowed last year.A spokesman for the federal Fisheries Department was unavailable for comment Wednesday.last_img read more

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